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April 18, 2012

Happy mail

Have you noticed that I've been obsessed with sending packages without wrapping/envelope through the mail lately? I've always loved giving/receiving snail mail and I'd always meant to send something unusual, but wrongly assumed the post office was not going to let me send such unconventional packages. It wasn't until I bumped into Giver's log that I realized that the postal service is actually very flexible. I should point out, though, that all my experience is based on packages sent within the USA through USPS; I feel curious to experiment with international deliveries but I'm afraid the goodies will get lost or stolen :/.


As long as you follow some simple rules, you'll be safe.
1.- You can obviously not send any hazardous or suspicious looking objects.

2.- You should preferably write the sender and recipient's information on the same side of the box or whatever container you choose to send.

3.- As for shapes, you can even send a ball. When we sent this ball to Chantilly we were told that theoretically you can even send a coconut; they just can't guarantee it won't get broken.


4.- Always use the right postage. You can check USPS current postage rates here


There's a group of people who ran an experiment to see what how far they could go with sending weird objects. The article is very interesting!

So far, I've sent Easter eggs, a bubble wrap hopscotch, a transparent box, a cardboard box, a plastic box and a ball.






So don't be shy and start sending snail mail without envelopes or wrapping! ;)

Last but not least, since we're talking about getting things in the mail, I need to thank 2 ladies for having sent the following goodies!

Chantilly sent me a copy of her latest CD, "Up to the Moon"!


And I got this very unexpected package from Chantele, too! :P I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the army of chicks; and don't let me get started with the "Keep Calm" tissue paper, ha!  :D I don't want to use it!


Thank you so much, Chantele and Chantilly!

And thank you all for having made it so far!

Happy midweek! ;D

14 comments:

lissa said...

I didn't know that. I do prefer to wrap the things so the reciever would be able to open the package and be surprise.

hope you have a happy spring!

daisymay aka Chantele said...

I am SO going to try and send you a weird parcel next time! Lol! im glad you liked your little parcel and hope you find something to do with the little chicks! Im not sure how they will feel on international parcels being odd shapes but its worth a try if I just put something cheap in it! I know there was a group of people in the UK a few years ago, who made the news because they put puzzles instead of the addresses so the post office had to work it out! It took longer to get posted but the mail men said they had fun everytime a new letter came in. I suppose if its just one person doing it occasionally its not so bad.
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daisymay aka Chantele said...

I am SO going to try and send you a weird parcel next time! Lol! im glad you liked your little parcel and hope you find something to do with the little chicks! Im not sure how they will feel on international parcels being odd shapes but its worth a try if I just put something cheap in it! I know there was a group of people in the UK a few years ago, who made the news because they put puzzles instead of the addresses so the post office had to work it out! It took longer to get posted but the mail men said they had fun everytime a new letter came in. I suppose if its just one person doing it occasionally its not so bad.
Daisy Dayz
Cross-Jones-Photography
My Hub Pages

Trisha said...

that last one was my package! thank you again, it's fun getting snail mail as an adult -makes me remember having pen pals when i was in high school.

Mary Has Sound said...

Mail mail mailie mail!
I love the packaging you chose to use and how colorful everything is. Also, Chantilly's album is wonderful!

chantilly said...

thank you again for your package, miki :) and i'm glad you're enjoying the cd.

xoxoxo

Chrissy said...

This is awesome! I think I might have to try this as well! Would love to see if this works internationally as well! Hugs xxx

Chrissy said...

This is awesome! I think I might have to try this as well! Would love to see if this works internationally as well! Hugs xxx

Suki said...

I love snail mail too and have had some lovely exchanges lately thanks to fab creative bloggers. I definitely want to try an unusual parcel now. I'd be so excited to receive any of the ones you sent! We'll see what Royal Mail makes of it...

Thanks for visiting my blog by the way. I love yours!

Jessica said...

How fun, I would love to receive one! I'd also love to send one!

Stopping by from FPTFY's WYWW hop :)

Jessica
http://jessica-healthymommyhealthybaby.blogspot.com/

Corina said...

Hey Miki!
I do like this post :)
I love the idea of sending weird packages... they look great!
Unfortunately, the "weird" thing in Argentina would be to get the package - even broken! - I've had bad experiences with the post office :(
Maybe in the future, I can try this from somewhere else ;)
Have a nice day and keep in touch!

LAS LOLITAS said...

Qué lindos regalos te mandó! Encuadrá el tissue ;) Besos Miki!

Kirsten said...

This is such a great idea and an amazing way to recycle! I might start implementing some of these ideas into my shop's packaging!

lisa said...

This is so cool Miki, thanks for sharing! I had no idea you could send mail like this and I want to send some fun packages now. You are the sweetest gift giver!